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. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the nine justices of the u.s. supreme court pondered a central piece of civil rights legislation today. at issue: whether it's still needed, 48 years after it first became law. >> we are not there yet! >> brown: georgia congressman and civil rights leader john lewis was one of many who rallied outside the court this morning for the voting rights act. they were there on a day the justices heard a challenge to a key section of the law: it requires states with a history of discrimination-- mainly in the deep south-- to get federal approval, or pre- clearance, before changing voting procedures or districts. lewis argued the provision-- known as "section five"-- must be preserved. >> there are still forces in this country that want to take us back to another period, but we're not going back. we've come too far. we've made too much progress to go back. the literacy test may be gone; but people are using other means, other tactics and techniques. so we still need section 5 and that's why we are here today standing up fo
's ceremony unveiling a statue of civil rights pioneer rosa parks in the u.s. capitol. >> she lived a life of activism but also a life of dignity and grace. and in a single moment with the simplest of gestures she helped change america and change the world. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> support also comes from >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the nine justices of the u.s. supreme court pondered a central piece of civil rights legislation today. at issue: whether it's still needed, 48 years after it first became law. >> we are not there yet! >> brown: georgia congressman and civil rights leader john lewis was one of many who rallied outside the court this morning for the voting rights act. they were there on a day the justices heard a challenge to a key section of the law: it requires states with a hist
electric power on the u.s. east cost, maybe the west coast, and attempt to cause a cascading effect. all of those things are in the art of the possible from a sophisticated attacker. >> do you believe our adversaries have the capability of bringing down a power grid? >> i do. >> is the u.s. prepared for such an attack? >> no, the united states is not prepared for such an attack. >> it's now clear this cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. >> four months after taking office, president obama made those concerns part of our national defense policy, declaring the country's digital infrastructure a strategic asset, and confirming that cyber warfare had moved beyond theory. >> we know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness. >> president obama didn't say which country had been plunged into darkness, but a half a dozen sources in the military, intelligence, and private security communities have told us the president was referring to br
street or for the u.s. a main street brand. but they have this great digital fashion thing going on. it's a gimmicky partnership with google. you see these reports about google getting the lines between fashion and retail and tech are all blurring. >> they are, indeed. so on today's show, there's a -- here is another taster. in china, it's the first trading day market in the new year of the snake. so will it be new year old problems? up next from hong kong, we'll have the latest analysis. >> did you just slither? also, the final week of campaigning in italy ahead of the general elections. we will be live in milan throughout the morning for a roundup of the candidates policies and pit falls. julia will join us for that. >>> and hear state from the finance ministers. we have a roundup of the g-20 meeting in moscow. >> and london fashion week is under way and international expansion seems to be the latest trend. we'll hear from top designers who are putting their foot forward on the global runway. >>> first, standard & poors says it wants more time to gauge shinzo abe's rating policies. s&
the fire on the carnival cruise ship triumph. yesterday, the u.s. coast guard said the fire started in front of a generator in the main engine crime. that fire left the cruise liner without power for five days with 4200 people on board. investigators say it could take up to a year to determine what exactly caused the fire. despite that initial report from the coast guard, congress says it still wants answers into the cruise ship disaster. hours after the triumph was towed to alabama, senator jay rockefeller september a letter to the -- sent a letter to the coast guard, demanding a review of the incident and similar incidents in the last six years. the senator says there might be a larger safety issue that needs to be reviewed involving large passenger vehicles. >>> and when congress returns next week, they will only have four days for the sequester. coming up, the automatic budget cuts here for california. >>> why facebook's tax bill is zero. in fact, the social media giant will get a huge refund. >>> and what russian scientists are finding after friday's meteor explosion and the ne
point to a different reality. economic mobility in the u.s. is low compared to what it was in times past and with current levels in many european countries in canada. you hear all about rags to riches stories, but they are the exceptions. a comprehensive study by the pew economic mobility documents that in the u.s. today few poor people become even upper middle class. now, some of the criticism of president obama's program has come from people who worry about the government's track record in the area of early childhood education. they point to head start, the long-standing program that provides this education to disadvantaged children. the department of health and human services released a study of head start in 2010 which was updated in 2012 that positive effects begin to fade in a few years. this has led many to call the program a failure and urged the government not to throw good money after bad. people are jumping to conclusions about a very complicated subject without understanding the study or social science research. three scholars from the university of chicago and university of
. shocking new report that links a chinese military to multiple u.s. computer hacks. >> and more breaking news. cnn learning eight masked thieves have made off with 50 million from brussels airport. plus, a 1-70 million chance. not only that a texas woman give birth to quadruplets. but two sets of identical twins. coming up, meet manuel and tessa montalvo and the kids, live. >>> new trouble discovered with the dreamliner's batteries. that and more in my business report. >>> tuesday, february 19th. "starting point" begins now. >>> all right. welcome, everybody. breaking news this morning in the oscar pistorius murder case. pistorius releasing a statement about premeditated murder charges against him saying this. i fail to understand how i could be charged with murder as i had no intention to kill my girlfriend. at his bail hearing, still going on as we speak, the judge ruling that premeditated murder charge, the severest charge in south african law, will stand and that makes it highly unlikely that the olympian, accused of killing his girlfriend, will be given any kind of bail. these new p
're seeing red arrows on the board. most notably the euro hitting a one-week low against the u.s. dollar. in asia, china up eighth straight session. nikkei highest level since september of 2008. disney set to open at record highs. strength in media networks. word that it's planning films based on "star wars" characters. >>> zynga, revenues continue to fall and the social gaming company said 2013 would be profitable. >>> company seeing momentum in america's improvement in europe and big margin gains for 2013 for ralph lauren. >>> the post office could be eliminating or cutting back deliveries on saturday. we'll explain. they carry the official announcement at 10:00 a.m. this morning. >>> we start with disney. shares rising pre-market, set to open at all-time highs at fiscal fourth quarter profits beat the markets. growing attendance at the theme parks. real news came during bob iger's interview with our own julia boorstin. >> in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. larry kazden and simon ginberg are working on films derived on "star wars" characters that are not part of the ov
from his unit but they are not releasing any other information about the incident at the moment. the u.s. coast guard and local crews are helping with the search. we'll update with the details of this story as soon as they become available. >> a gunfight, a car crash on the las vegas strip killed three people today. check out the pictures. pretty dramatic. police say someone in an suv fired at police inside a maserati. that car blew through an intersection. the taxicab caught fire killing the driver and passenger. the maserati's driver also died. no word yet on what actually led to the shooting. >>> oscar pistorius not going to be let out of jail at least not today. the bail hearing end ad couple of hours ago. the judge putting off a decision. another strange development. >> this is day three going into day four in this murder case. we'll go to pretoria, south africa, police removing the lead investigator after a revelation that came out of nowhere. robin, extraordinary develops. this just goes on and on. >> reporter: i want does, doesn't it. it is like a television drama, csi south afri
one set for april in the u.s. although he is under contract to run, the management company said he is dropping out to deal with the faces he is charged with. he is accused of shooting his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp >>> and now a long awaited journey begins on a ten-day tour including the u.s. sanchez says she does not want to tamp her criticism of cuba, but she does plan to return. >>> and this is the second to the last time that pope benedict will address the crowds of faithful from the windows at the square. thousands of people turned out to have him ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story for us in rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next pope. the pope is now going into a week-long lenten retreat. this is an annual tradition, and part of the lenten season. when he reemerges, he will convene the last angelis prayer and then step down as the pontiff. it is not clear when the conclave, that meeting of 117 cardinals assemb
. thank you. >> sure. >>> cyber attacks against the u.s. an american firm is linking the chinese government to hacking. i'm talk to a man who hacks computers for a living. >>> controversial advice to kids from top law enforcement. what to do if they're confronted by a gunman. there's a training video here. our panel is going to discuss it. stay close. ns, i can talk to someone who knows exactly how i trade. because i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. that's why i'm with scottrade. announcer: scottrade- proud to be ranked "best overall client experience." a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for p
bad. >>> also tonight, did the u.s. marine corps abandon a group of marines and military family members after they developed a rare and surprising disease? dr. nancy snyderman investigates a controversy. >> when is the leadership of the marine corps going to stand up and say we made a mistake? >>> also tonight, kate snow goes inside the fight to save the pandas including some of the very youngest. >> you are too cute. look at you. >> their ircystability is beyond dispute, so what is it about the effort to protect them that makes this wild life expert so upset. >> you said once i would happily eat the last panda on earth if you could spend the money on worth while. in all seriousness, why did you say that? >> "rock center" gets under way. good evening. welcome to "rock center." the first glimpse americans ever got of oscar pistorius was on this broadcast in the run-up to the summer olympic games in london. we aired what became the defining profile of him reported by mary carrillo of nbc sports who traveled to south africa and got to know this unusual olympic athlete. well, fast f
. the grain's lowest price in one month. and u.s. small business owners' confidence increasing just slightly last month but remaining near record low levels. the national federation of independent businesses reporting its index rose to 88.9. the survey says uncertainty about the economy has kept small business owners from hiring and expanding. it's the old u word. david: by the way, it has been a wild day for buffalo wild wings on expectations of their earnings. we don't have to expect 234eu78, we've got the earnings. adam shapiro, what are the numbers? >> reporter: that's right. the adjusted earnings per share came in at 89 cents, the convenient was expecting 96 cents. revenue, however, is a big beat, the stteet was expecting 294.4% million. the stock is trading down after hours. here is something that might be driving all of this. same-store sales increased just 5.8% at company-owned restaurants. the ceo actually making a statement about all of this talking about the difficulty in some of the comparisons that people will be reading as they go through this earnings report. quote: we are ene
those spending cuts from going into effect because gdp wouldn't take a hit. that means growth in the u.s. couldn't take a hit. as far as what else is propelling stocks higher, mergers and acquisitions going on, media, even in the office services area, office depot, office max, possibly talking about a tie-up themselves. that is certainly giving some momentum to stocks and giving investors a little bit of oo mph to buy into the stock. who knows if it will stick. >> alison, thank you. >> sure. >>> thank you for keeping me company here at cnn as i was in for brooke baldwin. i want to take you to "the situation room" with wolf blitzer because he starts right now. and let's take a look at the "closing bell." you heard alison kosik say we're not going to hit the 14,164 today but we there is a lot going on in washington with the sequester and we have to hope that we are going to be seeing these kinds of numbers, wolf. we certainly hope it for a long time. but depending on what -- depending on what washington does, we'll have to see if it sticks. wolf blitzer? >>> thanks very much. happening now
between american airlines and u.s. airways. melissa: the hottest thing on the nasdaq stock exchange may be the nasdaq itself. charlie gasparino is here as they talk to go private. lori: without any further ado, let's get you updated on the markets. we are joined by lauren simonetti. >> i want to particularly take a look at goldman sachs right now. hitting a new annual high. the investment bank says that equity markets kind of went too fast. they will slow down a little bit on their global theme. however, maintain will be tough. it is just too hard to maintain. we have the strongest start since the 1990s. melissa: oil prices rising for the first time in days. fox business contributor phil flynn is our man in the pits of the cme. >> what a reversal. oil prices were below $95 a barrel. everyone thought that they would start coming back down. a lot of focus, of course, a lot of talk about these currency wars. they have a major impact on the price of crude oil. we do not think that the euro is too strong and anyone who wants to tell us otherwise, you will have a problem. we rallied in a few
, the stock is taking a hit of 5%. finally, u.s. airways, i should say, are closing in on a 11 billion dollar merger with american allies and it would create the world's largest ally and they're trading up a little tiny bit, holding right around 14 bucks a share. all right, the fed keeps on printing, economic growth slowing, and vladimir putin gets the hit and he's been hoarding gold for a decade and why the price moving higher? we'll discuss it in a moment. (announcer) scottrade knows our clients trade and invest their own way. with scottrade's smart text, i can quickly understand my charts, and spend more time trading. their quick trade bar lets my account follow me online so i can react in real-time. plus, my local scottrade office is there to help. because they know i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. i'm with scottrade. (announcer) scottre. voted "best investment services company." today is gonnae an important day for us. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper. what's number two we wanna do? bring it up to 90 decatherms. how bout ya, joe? let's go ahead and bring it onlin
claiming his death proves they were absolutely justified in passing legislation banning u.s. nationals from adopting any more russian children. they did that at the end of last year. partly in response to u.s. legislation, targeting russian human rights abusers. but also because of concerns held for a long time here by russian officials who say they are worried about the way russian orphans are treated in the united states. supporters of the adoption ban claim since the 1990s 19 other russian children have died after being adopted by americans. the russian government says it is very concerned about the welfare of russian orphans and says 60,000 have are been adopted over the last 20 years. the adoption ban is one of the key reasons why relations between the united states and russia are the worst that they have been in a long time. a line of politicians here and officials have responded to the death of this 3-year-old boy by effectively saying, we told you so. phil black, cnn, russia. >>> european scandal over mislabeled meat keeps getting big der. details of the latest recall foods where tr
. they could then apply for a work visa within eight years if they learn english, u.s. history and pay back taxes. the work visa would clear the way for citizenship. the newspaper did not receive the entire plan which also includes new security rules and guidelines on hiring for businesses. >>> it's being called a cosmic coincidence. a meteor impact in russia followed by a near miss by an asteroid and an unusual flash of light, a fireball seen over the bay area last night. some bay area scientists are hoping the events will bring more attention to their cause, a cause they believe we should all care about. bob redell picks up the story from mountain view. hello, bob. >> reporter: good evening, diane and terry. the group of scientists and former astronauts working out of this office building in mountain view don't want us to be blindsided by a big meteor like we were yesterday when a ten-ton rock from outer space entered the earth's atmosphere over siberia and blowing out windows and hurting more than 1,000 people, that's why the b-612 foundation on the peninsula is trying to give us an extr
temperatures across the central u.s., mostly into the teens and 20s. if you were to look at the temperatures in louisiana, they are in the 60s and 70s. a sharp temperature contrast with this area of low pressure moving across the central mississippi valley as we go into this evening and then going through time for friday, into the tennessee valley, ohio river valley. and this is where the storm really starts to ring out. but across the southeast, some of these areas in georgia, south carolina, north central florida could see between 4 and 8 inches of rainfall. we'll keep you updated on that. wolf? >> karen, thanks very, very much. >>> new questions about how one of the most prominent catholic leaders in the united states handled the problem of pedophile priests. i've discovered gold. [ female announcer ] roc® retinol correxion max. the power of roc® retinol is intensified with a serum. it's proven to be 4x better at smoothing lines and deep wrinkles than professional treatments. roc® max for maximum results. and deep wrinkles ththe people of bp made ants. commitment to the gulf., and ever
this 12-story building. the source of thousands of cyber attacks against 141 u.s. companies spanning 20 industries. whose building is it? according to a new report confirmed by u.s. intelligence, it's the headquarters of unit 61398. >> i think it was time to let the world know, it's actually not just from china, it's the chinese government sanctioning these attacks. >> reporter: among the targets, america's very infrastructure. >> now our enemies are sabotaging our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. >> reporter: other targets of chinese hackers familiar brand names like coca-cola, facebook, "the new york times," on "wash post" and "wall street journal." and only today, apple. the hackers have user names like ugly gorilla and dota. according to this instructional video from mandiant. >> here we see dota logging into one of his operational e-mail accounts. he's used it for spear phishing and generating additional accounts. >> reporter: what is it? how hackers campaign access into a network by sending deceptive e-mails tricking users into clicking on a
in the u.s. and stealing information. the this group is working in conjunction with the military and chinese government. not surprisingly, the chinese government says they had nothing to do with this and call these claims "irresponsible." the chinese say they had nothing do with the hackers, the next salvo in an international war? we'll have to see. >> david mackenzie, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> ahead on "starting point," a colorado university is giving coeds advice on how to protect themselves against attackers, involves vomiting on them, claiming have you soyou have so disease. growing up roar around that, straight ahead. e bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. >>> good morning, welcome back to "starting point." i'm christine romans.
up with u.s. companieses that does business there. mixed economic news here at home m weekly unemployment claims came in higher than expected but the housing market, yeah, that remains a bright spot. existing home sales we found out today, they rose and home prices have been going up. that was good news. stocks were lower but they have bounced back up. >> that's a nice way to end the hour and the day with the markets and good news. a couple bits of good news. thank you so much, alison kosik. that's going to do it for me. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer starts right now. >>> fred, thanks very much. happening now, a brazen shooting leads to a deadly chain reaction crash all within major sites of major casinos in las vegas. >>> the major investigator in the pistorius case has been thrown off the case. >>> and a senator admits that he fathered a child with another one-time senator's daughter. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up. we begin with today's new concerted effort to make president obama withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel to
this document to be filed in the u.s. attorney in washington d.c. and it has to do with the allegation over misuse of campaign funds. the investigation also takes in his wife sandy in chicago who served as his campaign manager. >> lynn sweet, thank you very much. much more coming up. also, we'll hear from the president in chicago. i'm brooke baldwin. listen to jim acosta in for wolf in washington. hey, jim. >>> thanks, brooke. happening now, look up in the sky. a fireball and a shocking reminder that planet earth is spinning around in a very unpredictable neighborhood. back on dry land and already heading to court, we have details of the first lawsuit filed by a passenger who says the cruise line's negligence turned their vacation into a nightmare. >>> and the "blade runner" goes to court and cries uncontrollably. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you're in the situation room. we are starting in chicago where right now president obama's about to take the stage to talk about two of the top priorities from his state of the union speech, jobs and guns. we expect him to connect the nee
as a community organizer. he would become a state legislator and u.s. senator. the connection is great. he still has a home here. the 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed a mile from where his job is. the connection is very real for him. the gun violence rate is one of the highest in the country. the poverty rate in the south side of chicago where he will be speaking today, where he was once a community organizer, one of the highest in the country. we've been here a couple of days, talking to community organizers. they say the need has never been greater. so when the president comes here, politically the main thing is to give his message from the state of the union and put it on the ground where the people are and where the situations require it and, of course, south side of chicago is a place where urban violence is very much a foot. however, there's going to be the looming question, are you just giving your speech or are you going to make good on the promises here where you call home? a lot of people are so happy to see the president but they will be even more happy if these words turn into
on the u.s. embassy in benghazi, libya last september. the vote to move forward with hage;s nomination fell just short of the needed 60 votes to break a filibuster and head to an actual vote. president obama use the social media site google + hangout to express his frustration. >> >> senate majority whip burkdick durbim office says the senate will take up another vote to move forward on hagel confirmation on tuesday, february 26th. senator john mccain says expect him to be confirmed. >> the federal aviation minister is and is looking for sites to test fly drones. the plan to create six drone test sites around the country. the goal is to allow widespread use of unmanned aircraft by 2015, but the faa is well behind on that deadline. not everyone is in favor of increasing the number of drones in the sky. privacy advocates worry that the widespread drone usually to subsurveillance society in which the public is constantly monitored. >> we will soon know more about what happened in a sealed hearing concerning this chandra levy murder case. she was the washington internal gained national attentio
% of the u.s. housing market. so that will be a critical read on recovery in the housing market and also a fresh look the consumer price index. we know that gas prices are squeezing. gas prices are 20 cents high they are week than they were the same time last year. 20 cents higher. and you're taking less out of your paycheck because of payroll tax holiday expired. for those of you really worried about gas prices in new york and chicago. you're going to hit $4 a gallon earlier than we ever have in the year. so brace yourself there. also brace yourself if you're a federal worker. you're facing a furlough, unpaid days off. you can blame the sequester. a controller for the office of management and budget said this won't happen until after march 1st. that's when the massive spending cuts begin if congress doesn't act the sequester. federal employees must give a 30-day notice before furlough. unions that represent the workers right now having a big part in how that's going to happen and when. but there are 2.1 million federal employees that fall under this cost cutting measure. so tough choice
without a deal, we could see less secure u.s. embassies and furloughed air traffic controllers. >>> the national transportation safety board along with the coast guard and the bahamas maritime authority are all investigating the cause of that fire on that cruise ship, the carnival triumph. the fire in the engine room last sunday left the ship powerless. 4,000 people were subjected to five awful days of spoiled food and raw sewage. sewage, flooding cabins. the ship finally docked in alabama late thursday night and the first lawsuit has already been filed. >>> the challenges of adjusting to college life for first-year students. the myth and reality of the freshman 15 coming up next. >>> and why northern california's latest tree sitter is perching herself 50 feet above ground and refusing to come down. >>> these temperatures are cooperating and coming down a little bit over the bay area the next couple of days. we'll see a few degrees a day, that's all we ask. we asked for a little bit of rain, we're going to get it. we'll have the details i
. >>> -- the u.s. postal services may be in the brink of collapse but we learned that they are spending thousands of the dollars to send administrators to a conference in march. >> reporter: the administrators conference will tee off with golf. documents obtained by our washington, d.c. bureau show the travel $220.000 in exhibit space will cost the u.s. postal service $200,000. internal postal service documents show beyond the meetings and a golf tournament there will be a music entertainment and the foods of fisherman's wharf and china town. at a time when the postal service is under fire for losing money and scrapping some saturday mail service. one watchdog group says the government shouldn't pay to fly its executives into town. >> they need to be concerned about the objects of this and be concerned about you know ratcheting back on what is considered some of their more luxurious activities. >> reporter: organizers of the national postal forum say the event is designed to inform businesses offered by the postal service. it's targeted thousands of small businesses here in the bay area and it e
over russia last week. there are millions of dash cameras in that country. here in the u.s. and more particularly in the bay area the technology trend seems to be catching on. >> the biggest reason right now is to record traffic accidents, to record what they see on the road, just wanting to share with other people. >> reporter: and sometimes security experts say it's people just wanting a second set of eyes. >> so i've gotten calls wanting to know where their partner is, parents wanting to know where their teenager is, employers wanting to know where their employees are. >> reporter: thousands of tips from dash cam. >> as the price tag comes down, the availability gets greater. >> reporter: but the interest in personal surveillance extends beyond the driver's seat. >> unfortunately, criminals are becoming pretty brave. >> reporter: more popular than car cameras are home is yo surveillance systems. sales fell off 75% over last year. >> people want to protect their belongings. they want to make sure that if something does happen to either the property or to their loved ones that it's
disabled and under the u.s. constitution, they say he cannot be executed. >>> a body found in the rooftop water tank of a downtown l.a. hotel has been identified this morning. 21-year-old alyssa lamm was found after people living in the low tell complained their water pressure was low. police are not sure if she died accidently or if foul play was involved there. >>> so later this morning, former illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. will be in a washington, d.c. courtroom where he's expected to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds. prosecutors say he took more than $750,000 from his campaign coffers and spent it on personal items like furniture, clothing, memorabilia and this, a $43,000 rolex watch. jackson's wife, former whichchi alder man sandra jackson, will make her own appearance to plead guilty to filing false tax returns. >>> apple was the target of a hack attack. a small number of mac computer were infected. apple says no internal data was stolen. the hackers appear to be the same ones that breached facebook's computers last month. >>> so while you were sleeping, china's mili
, terrorists attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> we will continue pushing and asking questions about benghazi, not because it's personal, not because we're republicans and he's a democrat, but because america needs to learn what happened and we need to learn from our mistakes. >> this, despite testimony on benghazi from general petraeus, hillary clinton, admiral mike mullen, leon panetta, martin dempsey, but it's not enough. republicans want to know what happened as the attack in benghazi went down and who changed those talking points. they want more answers from the president. so dana, is chuck, is the blockage of chuck hagel's confirmation because of benghazi, as lindsey graham illustrates or is it because of something else? >> reporter: it is mostly because of chuck hagel. benghazi was, they sort of have been on a crusade to get more answers for benghazi and like you see many, many times here in the senate, they saw chuck hagel and his nomination as a way to use that as leverage to get answers and they did, they got an answer about what the president's role was on that day.
: bahamian maritime officials are the lead investigators since the ship is registered in nassau. u.s. coast guard and ntsb officials are also working to figure out what went wrong. specifically, investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. crew response, engine maintenance, and safety procedures on board the ship. we spoke to a maritime expert who has participated in these types of investigations which could result in minor safety changes to more drastic measures. >> there could be sanctions against members of the crew and against the officers. and in the most extreme case, there could be sanctions against the owners of the ship. >> reporter: an engine fire on carnival "splendour" in 2010 also left thousands of passengers adrift for days in the pacific with no power and limited food. the coast guard and the ntsb have not yet released its findings of that incident. >> i know the coast guard and national transportation safety board at you report are involved in this. how long do you think this is going to take? there are a lot of different parties involved. >> reporter: absolutely. a
believe there's an international jewish lobby that is intimidating congressmen and is controlling the u.s. state department, hagel's your guy. and interestingly, everybody thinks he's going to get confirmed which would just prove that his last conspiracy is false. he was wrong once again. i think these are perfectly legitimate questions to be raising about the next secretary of defense. >> and they're questions that were asked and answered. and they're a little ridiculous to keep harping on those. >> i think that hagel would agree. we're switching gears, turning to the campaign. president obama faced this criticism over plans to help more people go to college. now the president is focused on preschool, and thursday unveiled his new early education plan. amy, i'll talk to but this first. how does this new government-funded plan if over with conservatives? tough to argue, right? >> well, no, because it's a question of whether or not it's the federal government's role to be involved in education or a state function. a lot of conservatives believe it's a state function. education is only fund
to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will face to getting rid of the assad regime is russia. he will meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. as he continues what he's calling a listening tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie? >> andrea mitchell, traveling with the secretary in london, this morning, thank you. # >>> more legal trouble for the >>> more legal trouble for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 auto accident. meantime oscar pistorius is free on bail as he awaits murder charges in the death of reeva steenka steen
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